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Castor concerned about overconfidence for Obama listen

10/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today was the second day of early voting throughout Florida. According to statistics from Monday, participation was up significantly in all counties in the Bay area compared to 2004.

One exception however, was in Pinellas County, where Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has chosen to open only three sites in the entire county.

Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor is co-chair for Barack Obama’s campaign in Florida. As early voting began yesterday, we asked her about Pinellas C...

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Walmart goes before Tarpon Springs City Commission again listen

10/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A large crowd is expected tonight at the Tarpon Springs City Commission on Walmart’s plans for a supercenter on vacant land beside the Anclote River.

There actually could be two nights of hearings on the proposed Walmart, considering the last hearing in January 2005, which lasted 12 hours and ended at 7 in the morning.

There has been tremendous opposition to the plan. Many say the proposal would bring environmental damage to the site location, cause heavy traffic and harm local busin...

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Obama campaign promotes early voting listen

10/20/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Volunteers for Barack Obama's campaign took to the streets of Clearwater on Saturday and went door to door to promote early voting that starts today.

Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Congresswoman and national co-chair for the Obama campaign, visited the Obama headquarters in downtown Clearwater to encourage the need for the volunteers’ continued efforts in getting Floridian voters to the voting booth.

With just 17 days before the general election on Nov. 4, campaigners at the Obama headqua...

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Cooperative Extension in your county

10/20/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests on the Sustainable Living Program were both with the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service. Jane Morse is the horticulture agent and Dale Armstrong is the coordinator for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program. The focus of the program was to make our listeners aware of the vast amount of information available through our IFAS (Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences) Extension Sevices.

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Tampa Bay Water to sue reservoir contractors listen

10/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Water Board of Directors voted today to initiate a lawsuit against the companies that designed, constructed and provided quality control over the construction of the state’s largest reservoir.

Cracks in the soil cement of the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in southeastern Hillsborough County were first discovered almost two years ago. The reservoir opened in 2005, but since then, cracks more than 1-inch wide have occurred in two areas of the reservoir embankment, a tot...

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Obama in Tampa to kick off early voting listen

10/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Barack Obama arrived in Tampa early this afternoon to promote early voting in the Sunshine State. But before Obama reached the stage at Steinbrenner Field, five members of the newly crowned American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays appeared. Rookie sensation David Price, who got the save in last night’s victory over the Boston Red Sox, introduced the Illinois senator.

The Rays will face the Philadelphia Phillies, who also play in a critical battleground state of Pensylvania.

Always tr...

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John Lewis not backing down from controversial remarks listen

10/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Civil rights hero John Lewis is not backing down from his controversial remarks regarding the John McCain campaign.

The 68-year-old Georgia Democratic Congressman said last week that Republicans are "sowing the seeds of hatred and division" by saying Barack Obama was "palling around" with terrorists.

Lewis invoked George Wallace, the former segregationist governor of Alabama, saying, "He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and conditions that encouraged vicious attacks again...

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Fred Thompson defends McCain's health care plans listen

10/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson was in Florida on Saturday campaigning for the Republican ticket.

Thompson himself was a candidate for the GOP nomination for a brief time last year, but quit the race back in January after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.

The longtime television and film actor spoke to WMNF on Saturday.

With the polls narrowing, we asked Thompson if he bought into the line said by many analysts this year that a Democrat should be ...

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Alex Sink on Florida's challenging economic environment listen

10/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The state of California is attempting to sell $4 billion worth of bonds this week in the hope it will keep them from asking the federal government for a bailout to meet help keep their programs and services running.

Because tax income is not steady throughout the year, California and other states borrow short-term to pay their bills when revenues are temporarily insufficient.

Now, with states facing the same problem faced by millions of businesses – tightening credit markets – at t...

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A talk with author of 'The Tyranny of Oil'

10/18/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Tyranny of Oil," discussed the history of oil. She discussed the history of oil's discovery, utilization and importance; and the control and monopolization by the oil companies. She also talked about how this affects the price of gasoline today and how the money involved literally dictates policy, including war.

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Adie Stan talks about women in the political process

10/18/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Adele "Adie" Stan is a journalist, writer and blogger; she talks about women in this year's nomination and election. We particularly focused on Sarah Palin and the far right of the Republican party. Read Stan's work on the Huffington Post and American Prospect. Visit her web site Adel Stan.

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Separation of Church and State

10/18/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Toni Van Pelt, vice president for the Center for Inquiry, talked about the dangers of tearing down the firewall of separation of church and state. She talked of recent "findings" by President Bush and his utilization of tax funds to give to religious organizarions for governmemtal programs.

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Obama supporter discusses early voting

10/18/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Jan Schajowsky, co-chair of the Obama campaign and congressional representative from the 9th District of Illinois, talked about early voting requirements and suggested in case of problems, they could be still addressed. She also discussed her progressive support of issues.

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Amendment 2, local candidates on Tiger Bay agenda listen

10/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Tiger Bay Club today highlighted two Hillsborough County races and one of the six amendments up for consideration on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Amendment 2 would enshrine in the state’s constitution the definition of marriage as only one man and one woman and forbid relationship benefits for any unmarried couples.

One race featured at Tiger Bay was between Republican incumbent Brian Blair and Democratic challenger Kevin Beckner for County Commission. The other was the only School ...

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Alex Sink campaigns for Obama's small business tax plans listen

10/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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John McCain was in Miami today, where he attacked Barack Obama on taxes.

The GOP is trying to seize on Obama’s remark to “Joe the plumber,” Joseph Wurzelbacher from Holland, Ohio, when Obama said "he wants to spread the wealth around."

McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt told the New York Times today that that was a mistake by Obama, as did Newt Gingrich on Good Morning America today.

In reality, based on what his salary is, Wurzelbacher would get a tax cut, not a raise f...

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